Short stay visa to work in France
The French Consulate will only accept applications from residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Bermuda.
Foreign nationals planning to work in France during a short stay (less than 90 days) must first obtain
A temporary work permit approved by the local division of the French Labor Department (DIRECCTE - Direction régionale des entreprises, de la concurrence et de la consommation, du travail et de l’emploi)
A "convention d’accueil" stamped by the Préfecture in the case of scientists, researchers or teachers. They may also need a visa.
We do NOT accept applications from holders of US visas B1/B2. They must apply in their country of residence.
Please be advised that visa applications by mail are not accepted.
The Consular Administration has full authority to evaluate and request more documents than those submitted by the applicant. Obtaining a visa is not always guaranteed and does not in itself grant you the right to enter a French or Schengen territory. It is therefore necessary that you always carry with you the original documents used to obtain the visa.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries, you must apply at the consulate of the country that is your main destination meaning the country where you will be staying the most number of nights.
If you intend to visit several Schengen countries but do not have a main destination or will be staying the same amount of time in each of them, you must apply at the Consulate of the country you will enter first.
If you do not need a visa for the Schengen country that is your main destination, please note that a visa may be required for other Schengen countries.
If the applicant is under 18 years old, he/she must apply with at least one of his/her parents. Please present both nothorized parental authorization forms -allowing the applicant to travel to France and other Schengen countries- plus a copy of the child’s birth certificate and a copy of both parents passports.
You may only apply for your visa within 90 days of your departure, not any sooner.
From April 5th 2010, the implementation of the new Schengen code for the issue of visas is in effect.
On this occasion, we would like to remind all visa applicants that each file must be presented in exact duplicate (original of each document with their photocopies, as listed on the website).
The Consulate will, in no circumstance, make any photocopies and files can no longer be completed at a later stage.
All the files presented will be carefully examined by the Visa Department. However, we wish to emphasize the fact that if you do not produce all the requested documents (originals with their photocopies), the visa will be denied.
Therefore, reapplying will mean the rescheduling of an appointment and full repayment of the visa fee.
No exception will be made. For this reason, we do advise you to prepare your file with the utmost care in order to avoid any delays.
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The form must be completely and legibly filled in with black or blue ink, signed by the applicant and dated.
The color photos must be recent, passport size - 2" x 2" (4,5cm x 4,5cm) and showing the full face, the forehead hairline and ears on a white background ; pictures must be without glasses, no scarf, nor hat and no smile. Click here
Valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France.
The validity of your passport cannot exceed 10 years from the date of first issuance. Make sure the passport has at least two blank pages left for visa purpose. Only these pages can be endorsed with the visa. Amendment pages can in no way be used for visas.
If the name on the passport is different than the name on the green card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document explaining the discrepency.
A U.S.A. residency card (Green Card) valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France.If the name on the passport is different than the name on the Green Card, please provide a copy of your marriage certificate or other document that explains that discrepency. (+1 copy)
I-551 stamp, (+1 copy)
a USA visa valid for at least three months following the last day of your stay in France, with I-94 (if J1 provid also J1 form), (if F1 visa provid also a valid I-20 form signed by your school), (+1 copy)
an Advanced Parole, which must be valid for at least 90 days beyond the last day in France. (+1copy)
Original of temporary work permit issued by the local division of the Labor Department in France (+1 copy)